Banner Years, Murray State Basketball book
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BANNER YEARS:  Chronicling Murray State Basketball

Coming 2012-13 Racer Season
By Jimmy Wilder, Will Aubrey, Steve Parker, Sid Easley, Kim Trevathan
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Banner Years will be released in 2012.  You can pre-order your book now for $39.95 plus $5.00 for shipping using PayPal below.

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Banner Years.
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The passion for basketball is legendary in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where success is expected and often demanded.

These facts must have resonated in 1923 with Judge Rainey T. Wells, the founding father of Murray State University, and Dr. John W. Carr, the school’s first president, only months after the state’s General Assembly awarded the city of Murray a college whose academic focus would be on training elementary teachers.

For certain, Murray State has carved its niche in the lore of Kentucky basketball, while also earning a place on the national stage. Coach Billy Kennedy’s 2009-10 Racers won a school record 31 games, including a 66-65 thriller against Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament. Is there a hoops junkie who hasn’t heard about MSU’s win over Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State team in the 1988 NCAA Tournament, the Racers’ near upset of eventual champion Kansas two nights later, or this season's 31-2 squad that won a game in the NCAA tourney. And what university excelled on the hardwood with Popeye Jones, proclaimed “The Round Man of Rebound” on TV by Dick Vitale, as its center?

MSU basketball got its start in the 1925-26 season and has passed the test of time, establishing itself as one of America’s best mid-major programs. Its fans are among the most supportive anywhere, sometimes to the extreme; its natural rivals savor every victory and some now avoid scheduling MSU if they’re asked to play a game in Murray, where the Racers seldom lose.

All things mentioned above are expounded in Banner Years: Chronicling Murray State Basketball, a 340-page book that tells in words and pictures the history of Racer basketball (an Ohio Valley Conference-best 38 championships, 15 NCAA tournaments, 5 National Invitation Tournament invites and 25 consecutive winning seasons, a mark surpassed only by Syracuse, Kansas and Arizona). The book profiles many of the school’s coaches and players, including Carlisle Cutchin, Joe Fulks, Johnny Reagan, Bennie Purcell, Howie Crittenden, Cal Luther, Stewart Johnson, Dick Cunningham, Lamont Sleets, Steve Newton, Jeff Martin, Popeye Jones, Marcus Brown, Mark Gottfried and Isaac Spencer.

The book also has colorful anecdotes that readers will find interesting and worthy of reminiscing. Who remembers when coach Luther was hung in effigy on campus and his comments at the Murray Rotary Club? Read about both happenings in Banner Years: Chronicling Murray State Basketball. The book will be a keepsake for your office, library or coffee table. We guarantee it!

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For more information about the book, please contact:

Bennie Purcell:  (270) 753-6441
Lindy Suiter:  (270) 293-2220
Jimmy Wilder:  (270) 761-1944 or (270) 226-9302
Sid Easley:  (270) 752-0068